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Warning! Read and follow all safety precautions in the Safety Manual ­ improper use can cause serious or fatal injury.

To reduce risk of injury STIHL recommends the use of STIHL Quickstop chain brake on your powerhead with STIHL reduced kickback bar and low kickback chain.

Chain Saw Safety Manual

Important Safety Precautions for Chain Saw Users

A. Kickback Safety Precautions


take several steps to keep your cutting jobs free from accident or injury. 1. With a basic understanding of kickback, you can reduce or eliminate the element of surprise. Sudden surprise contributes to accidents. Keep a good firm grip on the saw with both hands, the right hand on the rear handle, and the left hand on the front handle, when the engine is running. Use a firm grip with thumbs and fingers encircling the chainsaw handles. A firm grip will help you reduce kickback and maintain control of the saw. Don't let go. Make sure the area in which you are cutting is free from obstructions. Do not let the nose of the guide bar contact a log, branch, or any other obstruction while you are operating the saw. Cut at high engine speeds. Do not overreach or cut above shoulder height.


Follow manufacturer's sharpening and maintenance instructions for the saw chain. Only use replacement bars and chains specified by the manufacturer or the equivalent. Reduced kickback bars and low kickback chains are designed to reduce the risk of kickback injury. Ask your STIHL dealer about these devices.

Kickback may occur when the nose or tip of the guide bar touches an object, or when the wood closes in and pinches the saw chain in the cut. Tip contact in some cases may cause a lightning fast reverse reaction, kicking the guide bar up and back towards the operator. Pinching the saw chain along the top of the guide bar may push the guide bar rapidly back towards the operator. Either of these reactions may cause you to lose control of the saw which could result in serious personal injury. Section 5.12 of ANSI B 175.1-1991 sets certain performance and design criteria related to chainsaw kickback. STIHL has developed a color code system using green and yellow to help you select a powerhead, bar and chain combination that complies with the kickback requirements of the ANSI Standard. See the sections entitled "Safety Precautions" and "Specifications" of this manual. Do not rely exclusively upon the safety devices built into your saw. As a chainsaw user, you should




B. Other Safety Precautions 1. Do not operate a chainsaw with one hand! Serious injury to the operator, helpers, bystanders, or any combination of these persons may result from onehanded operation. A chainsaw is intended to be used with two hands. Do not operate a chainsaw when you are fatigued. Use safety footwear; snug-fitting clothing; protective gloves; and eye, hearing, and head protection devices.


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This manual contains the safety precautions and recommended cutting techniques outlined in STIHL chainsaw Owner's Manuals. Even if you are an experienced chainsaw user, it is in your own interests to familiarize yourself with the latest rules and regulations regarding safe use of your chainsaw. Please note that the illustrations on page 2 show the chainsaw STIHL 023. Other chainsaw models may have different parts and controls. You should therefore always refer to the Owner's Manual of your particular saw model.

Warning! Avoid contact of bar tip with any object. This can cause the guide bar to kick suddenly up and back, which may result in serious or fatal injury. To reduce the risk of kickback injury STIHL recommends the use of STIHL green labeled reduced kickback bars and low kickback chains and a STIHL Quickstop chain brake. Contact your STIHL dealer or the STIHL distributor for your area if you do not understand any of the instructions in this manual.

Main Parts of Saw Definitions Safety Precautions - The Operator - The Saw - The Use of the Saw - Maintenance, Repair and Storing Maintenance Chart

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Warning! Because a chainsaw is a high-speed wood-cutting tool, some special safety precautions must be observed as with any other power saw to reduce the risk of personal injury. Careless or improper use may cause serious or even fatal injury. Read and follow all safety precautions in current Owner's Manual or Safety Manual. Always use two hands to operate the chainsaw.

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Main Parts of the Saw

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Fuel pump (easy start*) Twist lock Chain brake Oilomatic saw chain Guide bar Front chain tensioner Side chain tensioner Adjusting wheel of quick tensioner *) Chain sprocket Chain sprocket cover Bumper spike Chain catcher Decompression valve (easy start*)

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Muffler Starter grip Spark plug terminal Oil filler cap Fuel filler cap Master control lever Throttle trigger interlock Throttle trigger Front handle Front hand guard Rear handle Rear hand guard





Fuel Pump. Fills carburator with fuel to simplify starting. Twist Lock. Lock for carburetor box cover. Chain Brake. A device to stop the rotation of the chain if activated in a kickback situation by the operator's hand or by inertia. Oilomatic Saw Chain. A loop consisting of cutters, tie straps and drive links. Guide Bar. Supports and guides the saw chain. Front Chain Tensioner. Permits precise adjustment of chain tension. Side Chain Tensioner. Permits precise adjustment of chain tension. Adjusting Wheel. Permits precise adjustment of chain tension. Chain Sprocket. The toothed wheel that drives the saw chain.

11. Bumper Spike. Toothed stop for holding saw steady against wood. 12. Chain Catcher. Helps to reduce the risk of operator contact by a chain when it breaks or comes off the bar. 13. Decompression Valve. Releases compression pressure to make starting easier. 20. Muffler. Reduces engine exhaust noise and directs the exhaust gases. 21. Starter Grip. The grip of the starter, for starting the engine. 22. Spark Plug Terminal. Connects the spark plug with the ignition wire. 23. Oil Filler Cap. For closing the oil tank. 24. Fuel Filler Cap. For closing the fuel tank. 25. Master Control Lever. Lever for choke control, starting throttle, run and stop switch positions. 26. Throttle Trigger Interlock. Must be depressed before the throttle trigger can be activated.

27. Throttle Trigger. Controls the speed of the engine. 28. Front Handle. Handle bar for the left hand at front of saw. 29. Front Hand Guard. Provides protection against projecting branches and helps prevent the left hand from touching the chain if it slips off the handle bar. 30. Rear Handle. The support handle for the right hand located at or toward the rear of the saw. 31. Rear Hand Guard. Gives added protection to operator's right hand.







Guide Bar Nose. The exposed end of the guide bar. (not illustrated, see chapter "Tensioning the Saw Chain".) Clutch. Couples engine to chain sprocket when engine is accelerated beyond idle speed. (not illustrated). Anti-Vibration System. The anti-vibration system includes a number of buffers designed to reduce the transmission of engine and cutting attachment vibrations to the operator's hands. (not illustrated). 3



10. Chain Sprocket Cover. Covers the clutch and the sprocket.

Safety Precautions

The use of any chainsaw may be hazardous. The saw chain has many sharp cutters. If the cutters contact your flesh, they will cut you, even if the chain is not moving. At full throttle, the chain speed can reach 45 mph (20 m/s). It is important that you read, fully understand and observe the following safety precautions and warnings. Read the Owner's Manual and the safety instructions periodically. Pay special attention to the section on reactive forces.

Have your STIHL dealer show you how to operate your chainsaw. Observe all applicable local safety regulations, standards and ordinances. Warning! Minors should never be allowed to use a chainsaw. Bystanders, especially children, and animals should not be allowed in the area where a chainsaw is in use. Never let the saw run unattended. Store it in a locked place away from children and empty the fuel tank before storing for longer than a few days. Do not lend or rent your chainsaw without the Owner`s Manual. Be sure that anyone using your saw reads and understands the information contained in this manual. These safety precautions and warnings apply to the use of all STIHL chainsaws. Different models may have different parts and controls. See the appropriate section of your Owner's Manual for a description of the controls and function of the parts of your model saw.

Safe use of a chainsaw involves 1. the operator 2. the saw 3. the use of the saw.

THE OPERATOR Physical Condition You must be in good physical condition and mental health and not under the influence of any substance (drugs, alcohol) which might impair vision, dexterity or judgment. Do not operate a chainsaw when you are fatigued. Be alert ­ If you get tired while operating your chainsaw, take a break. Tiredness may result in loss of control. Working with any chainsaw can be strenuous. If you have any condition that might be aggravated by strenuous work, check with your doctor before operating a chainsaw. Warning! Prolonged use of chainsaws (or other machines) exposing the operator to vibrations may produce whitefinger disease (Raynaud's phenomenon) or carpal tunnel syndrome. These conditions

Warning! Reactive forces, including kickback, can be dangerous. Careless or improper use of any chainsaw may cause serious or fatal injury. All safety precautions that are generally observed when working with an ax or a hand saw also apply to the operation of chainsaws. However, because a chainsaw is a high-speed, fast-cutting power tool, special safety precautions must be observed to reduce the risk of personal injury.


reduce the hand's ability to feel and regulate temperature, produce numbness and burning sensations and may cause nerve and circulation damage and tissue necrosis. All factors which contribute to whitefinger disease are not known, but cold weather, smoking and diseases or physical conditions that affect blood vessels and blood transport, as well as high vibration levels and long periods of exposure to vibration are mentioned as factors in the development of whitefinger disease. In order to reduce the risk of whitefinger disease and carpal tunnel syndrome, please note the following: ­ Many STIHL models are available with an anti-vibration ("AV") system designed to reduce the transmission of vibrations created by the engine and cutting attachment to the operator's hands. An AV system is recommended for those persons using chainsaws on a regular or sustained basis. Wear gloves and keep your hands warm. Heated handles, which are available on most STIHL powerheads, are recommended for cold weather use.


Keep the saw chain sharp and the saw, including the AV system, well maintained. A dull chain will increase cutting time, and pressing a dull chain through wood will increase the vibrations transmitted to your hands. A saw with loose components or with damaged or worn AV buffers will also tend to have higher vibration levels. Maintain a firm grip at all times, but do not squeeze the handles with constant, excessive pressures. Take frequent breaks.

Clothing must be sturdy and snug-fitting, but allow complete freedom of movement. Avoid loosefitting jackets, scarfs, neckties, jewelry, flared or cuffed pants, unconfined long hair or anything that could become entangled with the saw or brush. Wear overalls or jeans with a reinforced cut retardant insert or cut retardant chaps. Protect your hands with gloves when handling saw and saw chain. Heavyduty, nonslip gloves improve your grip and protect your hands. Good footing is most important in chainsaw work. Wear sturdy boots with nonslip soles. Steel-toed safety boots are recommended. To reduce the risk of injury to your eyes never operate a chainsaw unless wearing goggles or properly fitted safety glasses with adequate top and side protection complying with your national standard.


All the above mentioned precautions do not guarantee that you will not sustain whitefinger disease or carpal tunnel syndrome. Therefore, continual and regular users should monitor closely the condition of their hands and fingers. If any of the above symptoms appear, seek medical advice immediately.

Proper Clothing Warning! To reduce the risk of injury, the operator should wear proper protective apparel.



Wear an approved safety hard hat to protect your head. Chainsaw noise may damage your hearing. Always wear sound barriers (ear plugs or ear mufflers) to protect your hearing. Continual and regular users should have their hearing checked regularly.

THE USE OF THE SAW Transporting the chainsaw Warning! Always stop the engine before putting a chainsaw down or carrying it. Carrying a chainsaw with the engine running is extremely dangerous. Accidental acceleration of the engine can cause the chain to rotate. During operation, the powerhead muffler and the material around it reach extremely high temperatures. Avoid touching the hot muffler, you could receive serious burns. By hand: When carrying your saw by hand, the engine must be stopped and the saw must be in the proper position. Grip the front handle and place the muffler away from the body.

THE SAW Parts of the chainsaw; for illustrations and definitions of the parts see the chapter on "Main Parts of Saw".

Warning! Never modify a chainsaw in any way. Only attachments and parts supplied by STIHL or expressly approved by STIHL for use with the specific STIHL saw models are authorized. Although certain unauthorized attachments are useable with the STIHL powerhead, their use may, in fact, be extremely dangerous.

The chain guard (scabbard) should be over the chain and the guide bar, which should point backwards. When carrying your saw, the bar should be behind you. By vehicle: When transporting in a vehicle, keep chain and bar covered with the chain guard. Properly secure your saw to prevent turnover, fuel spillage and damage to the saw.


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Preparation for the use of the saw Take off the chain guard and inspect for safety in operation. For assembly, follow the procedure described in the chapter "Mounting the Bar and Chain" of your Owner's Manual. STIHL Oilomatic chain, guide bar and sprocket must match each other in gauge and pitch. Before replacing any bar and chain, see the sections on "Specifications", "Kickback" and the "ANSI B 175.1-1991 chainsaw kickback standard" in this manual. Warning! Proper tension of the chain is extremely important. In order to avoid improper setting, the tensioning procedure must be followed as described in your manual. Always make sure the hexagonal nut(s) for the sprocket cover is (are) tightened securely after tensioning the chain. Never start the saw with the sprocket cover loose. Check chain tension once more after having tightened the nut(s)

and thereafter at regular intervals (whenever the saw is shut off). If the chain becomes loose while cutting, shut off the engine and then tighten. Never try to tighten the chain while the engine is running!

Fueling Instructions Warning! Fuel your chainsaw in well-ventilated areas, outdoors only. Always shut off the engine and allow it to cool before refueling. Gasoline vapor pressure may build up inside the gas tank of a two cycle engine depending on the fuel used, the weather conditions, and the venting system of the tank. In order to reduce the risk of burns or other personal injury from escaping gas vapor and fumes, remove the fuel filler cap on the STIHL product carefully so as to allow any pressure build-up in the tank to release slowly. Never remove fuel filler cap while engine is running. Select bare ground for fueling and move at least 10 feet (3 m) from fueling spot before starting the engine. Wipe off any spilled fuel before starting your saw, and check for leakage. Warning! Check for fuel leakage while refueling and during operation. If fuel or oil leakage is found, do not start or run the engine until leak is fixed and spilled fuel has been wiped away. Take care not to get fuel on your clothing. If this happens, change your clothing immediately.

Fueling Your STIHL chainsaw uses an oil-gasoline mixture for fuel (see chapter "Fuel" of your Owner's Manual). Warning! Gasoline is an extremely flammable fuel. If spilled or ignited by a spark or other ignition source, it can cause fire and serious burn injury or property damage. Use extreme caution when handling gasoline or fuel mix. Do not smoke or bring any fire or flame near the fuel or the chainsaw. Note that combustible fuel vapors may be vented from the fuel system.


Warning! Unit vibrations can cause an improperly tightened fuel filler cap to loosen or come off and spill quantities of fuel. In order to reduce the risk of fuel spillage and fire, tighten fuel filler cap by hand with as much force as possible. The screwdriver end of the STIHL combination wrench or other similar tool can be used as an aid in tightening slotted fuel filler caps.

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Starting The chain brake must be engaged when starting the saw. Warning! Your chainsaw is a one-person saw. Do not allow other persons to be near the running chainsaw. Start and operate your saw without assistance. For specific starting instructions, see the appropriate section of the Owner's Manual. Proper starting methods reduce the risk of injury. Do not drop start. This method is very dangerous because you may lose control of the saw. There are two recommended methods for starting your chainsaw.

With the first method, the chainsaw is started on the ground. Make sure the chain brake is engaged (see "Chain Brake" chapter in your Owner's Manual) and place the chainsaw on firm ground or other solid surface in an open area. Maintain good balance and secure footing. Grip the front handlebar of the saw firmly with your left hand and press down. For saws with a rear handle level with the ground, put the toe of your right foot into the rear handle and press down. With your right hand pull out the starter grip slowly until you feel a definite resistance and then give it a brisk, strong pull.

The second recommended method for starting your chainsaw allows you to start the saw without placing it on the ground. Make sure the chain brake is engaged, grip the front handle of the chainsaw firmly with your left hand. Keep your arm on the front handle in a locked (straight) position. Hold the rear handle of the saw tightly between your legs just above the knees. Maintain good balance and secure footing. Pull the starting grip slowly with your right hand until you feel a definite resistance and then give it a brisk, strong pull.



Important adjustments Warning! Be sure that the guide bar and chain are clear of you and all other obstructions and objects, including the ground. When the engine is started, the engine speed with the starting throttle lock engaged will be fast enough for the clutch to engage the sprocket and, if the chainbrake is not activated, turn the chain. If the upper quadrant of the tip of the bar touches any object, it may cause kickback to occur (see section on reactive forces). To reduce this risk, always engage the chain brake before starting. Never attempt to start the chainsaw when the guide bar is in a cut or kerf. Warning! When you pull the starter grip, do not wrap the starting rope around your hands. Do not allow the grip to snap back, but guide the starter rope slowly back to permit the rope to rewind properly. Failure to follow this procedure may result in injury to hand or fingers and may damage the starter mechanism. Warning! To reduce the risk of personal injury from loss of control or contact with the running chain, do not use a saw with incorrect idle adjustment. At correct idle speed, the chain should not rotate. For directions to adjust idle speed, see the appropriate section of your Owner's Manual. If you cannot set the correct idle speed, have your STIHL dealer check your saw and make proper adjustments or repairs. After adjusting a chain, start the saw, let the engine run for a while, then switch engine off and recheck chain tension. Proper chain tension is very important at all times. Working Conditions Operate the chainsaw under good visibility and daylight conditions only. Warning! Your chainsaw produces poisonous exhaust fumes as soon as the combustible engine is running. These gases (e.g. carbon monoxide) may be colorless and odorless.

To reduce the risk of serious or fatal injury from breathing toxic fumes, never run the chainsaw indoors or in poorly ventilated locations. Ensure proper ventilation when working in trenches or other confined areas. Warning! Use of this product (including sharpening the saw chain) can generate dust, mists and fumes containing chemicals known to cause respiratory disease, cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. If you are unfamiliar with the risks associated with the particular dust, mist or fume at issue, consult your employer, governmental agencies such as OSHA and NIOSH and other sources on hazardous materials. California and some other authorities, for instance, have published lists of substances known to cause cancer, reproductive toxicity, etc. Control dust (such as sawdust), mists (such as oli mist from chain lubrication) and fumes at the source where possible. In this regard use good work practices and follow the recommendations of OSHA / NIOSH and occupational and trade associations. When the inhalation of toxic dust, mists and fumes cannot be



eliminated, the operator and any bystanders should always wear a respirator approved by NIOSH / MSHA for the type substance at issue. Warning! Breathing asbestos dust is dangerous and can cause severe or fatal injury, respiratory illness or cancer. The use and disposal of asbestos containing products have been strictly regulated by OSHA and the Environmental Protection Agency. Do not cut or disturb asbestos, asbestos containing products (e.g. asbestos containing drywall or other construction products), or products such as pipes which are wrapped or covered with asbestos insulation. If you have any reason to believe that you might be cutting asbestos, immediately contact your employer or a local OSHA representative. The muffler and other parts of the engine (e.g. fins of the cylinder, spark plug) become hot during operation and remain hot for a while after stopping the engine. To reduce risk of burns do not touch the muffler and other parts while they are

hot. Don't work alone. Keep within calling distance of others in case help is needed. Your chainsaw is equipped with a chain catcher. It is designed to reduce the risk of personal injury in the event of a thrown or broken chain. From time to time the catcher may be damaged or removed. To reduce the risk of personal injury, do not operate a chainsaw with a damaged or missing catcher. Inspect buffers periodically. Replace damaged, broken or excessively worn buffers immediately, since they may result in loss of control of the saw. A "sponginess" in the feel of the saw, increased vibration or increased "bottoming" during normal operation may indicate damage, breakage or excessive wear. Buffers should always be replaced in sets. If you have any questions as to whether the buffers should be replaced, consult your STIHL servicing dealer. Warning! Take extreme care in wet and freezing weather (rain, snow, ice). Put off the work when the weather is windy, stormy or rainfall is heavy.

Warning! Avoid stumbling on obstacles such as stumps, roots or rocks and watch out for holes or ditches. Clear the area where you are working. Be extremely cautious when working on slopes or uneven ground. There is increased danger of slipping on freshly debarked logs.

Warning! To reduce the risk of serious or fatal injury to the operator or bystanders, never use the saw with one hand. You cannot control reactive forces and you may lose control of the saw, which can result in the skating or bouncing of the bar and chain along the limb or log. Even for those compact saws designed for use in confined spaces, one-handed operation is dangerous because the operator may lose control.


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Wrap your fingers tightly around the handles, keeping the handles cradled between your thumb and forefinger. With your hands in this position, you can best oppose and absorb the push, pull and kickback forces of your saw without losing control (see section on reactive forces). Make sure your chainsaw handles and grip are in good condition and free of moisture, pitch, oil or grease. Warning! Do not operate your chainsaw with the starting throttle lock engaged. Cutting with the starting throttle lock engaged does not permit the operator proper control of the saw or chain speed.

Warning! Do not cut any material other than wood or wooden objects. Use your chainsaw for cutting only. It is not designed for prying or shoveling away limbs, roots or other objects. When sawing, make sure that the saw chain does not touch any foreign materials such as rocks, fences, nails and the like. Such objects may be flung off, damage the saw chain or cause the saw to kickback. Warning! In order to keep control of your saw, always maintain a firm foothold.

Never work on a ladder, or on any other insecure support. Never use the saw above shoulder height. Warning! Never work in a tree unless you have received specific, professional training for such work, are properly secured (such as tackle and harness system or a lift bucket), have both hands free for operating the chainsaw in a cramped environment and have taken proper precautions to avoid injury from falling limbs or branches.


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Cutting Instructions Grip: Always hold the saw firmly with both hands when the engine is running. Place your left hand on front handle bar and your right hand on rear handle and throttle trigger. Left-handers should follow these instructions too.

Warning! Never touch a chain with your hand or any part of your body when the engine is running, even when the chain is not rotating. The chain continues to rotate for a short period after the throttle trigger is released.

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Position the chainsaw in such a way that your body is clear of the cutting attachment whenever the engine is running. Stand to the left of cut while bucking. Don't put pressure on the saw when reaching the end of a cut. The pressure may cause the bar and rotating chain to pop out of the cut or kerf, go out of control and strike the operator or some other object. If the rotating chain strikes some other object, a reactive force may cause the moving chain to strike the operator.

powerful force used to cut wood can be reversed (and work against the operator). If the rotating chain is suddenly stopped by contact with any solid object like a log or branch or is pinched, the reactive forces may occur instantly. These reactive forces may result in loss of control which may, in turn, cause serious or fatal injury. An understanding of the causes of these reactive forces may helpyou avoid loss of control. The most common reactive forces are ­ kickback, ­ pushback, ­ pull-in. Kickback:

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Reactive forces including kickback Warning! Reactives forces may occur any time the chain is rotating. Reactives forces can be dangerous! In any chainsaw, the Kickback may occur when the moving saw chain near the upper quadrant of the bar nose contacts a solid object or is pinched.

The reaction of the cutting force of the chain causes a rotational force on the chainsaw in the direction opposite to the chain movement. This may fling the bar up and back in an uncontrolled arc mainly in the plane of the bar. Under some cutting circumstances the bar moves towards the operator, who may suffer severe or fatal injury. Kickback may occur when the nose of the guide bar is pinched unexpectedly, unintentionally contacts solid material in the wood or is incorrectly used to begin a plunge or boring cut.


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It may also occur during limbing. The greater the force of the kickback reaction, the more difficult it becomes for the operator to control the saw. Many factors influence the occurrence and force of the kickback reaction. These include chain speed, the speed at which the bar and chain contact the object, the angle of contact, the condition of the chain and other factors. The type of bar and saw chain you use is an important factor in the occurrence and force of the kickback reaction. Some STIHL bar and chain types are designed to reduce kickback forces. STIHL recommends the use of reduced kickback bars and low kickback chains.

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saws with a displacement of less than 3.8 cubic inches must, in their original condition, meet a 45° computer derived kickback angle when equipped with certain cutting attachments. and must be equipped with at least two devices to reduce the risk of kickback injury, such as a chain brake, low kickback chain, reduced kickback bar, etc. saws with a displacement of 3.8 cubic inches and above must be equipped with at least one device designed to reduce the risk of kickback injury such as a chain brake, low kickback chain, reduced kickback bar, etc.

angles that may occur in real life cutting situations. Compliance with § 5.12 of ANSI B 175.1-1991 does not automatically mean that in a real life kickback the bar and chain will rotate at most 45°. Warning! In order for powerheads below 3.8 cubic inch displacement to comply with the computed kickback angle requirements of § 5.12 of ANSI B 175.1-1991 use only the following cutting attachments: ­ bar and chain combinations listed as complying in the "Specifications" section of the Owner's Manual or ­ other replacement bar and chain combinations marked in accordance with the standard for use on the powerhead or ­ replacement chain designated "low kickback saw chain''. See the section on "Low kickback saw chain and reduced kickback bars"

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ANSI B 175.1-1991 chainsaw kickback standard Section 5.12 of ANSI standard B 175.1­ 1991, sets certain performance and design criteria related to chainsaw kickback. To comply with section 5.12 of ANSI B 175.1-1991:

The computer derived angles for saws below 3.8 cubic inch displacement are measured by applying a computer program to test results from a kickback test machine. Warning! The computer derived angles of § 5.12 of ANSI B 175.1-1991 may bear no relationship to actual kickback bar rotation


Devices for reducing the risk of kickback injury STIHL recommends the use of the STIHL Quickstop chain brake on your powerhead with green labeled reduced kickback bars and low kickback chains. Warning! To reduce the risk of injury, stop using the saw immediately if the chain brake does not function properly. Take the saw to your local STIHL Service Centre! Do not use the saw until the problem has been rectified (see the section "Chain Brake").

Warning! Never operate your chainsaw without a front hand guard. In a kickback situation this guard helps protect your left hand or other parts of your body. In addition, removal of the hand guard on a saw equipped with a chain brake will deactivate the chain brake.

Quickstop chain brake STIHL has developed a chain stopping system designed to reduce the risk of injury in certain kickback situations. It is called a Quickstop chain brake. The Quickstop is available as standard equipment on your STIHL chainsaw and is available for installation on most older STIHL saws. Ask your dealer to retrofit your older model saw with a chain brake. When a kickback occurs, the guide bar may rotate around the front handle. If the cutting position is such that the operator's left hand is gripping the front handle behind the hand guard, and if the left hand rotates around the front handle and makes a sufficiently forceful contact with the front hand guard, which is the Quickstop activating lever, this contact will activate the Quickstop. The chain brake on most new model STIHL chainsaws can also be activated by inertia. See the chapter entitled "Chain Brake" of your Owner's Manual.

Warning! No Quickstop or other chain brake device prevents kickback. These devices are designed to reduce the risk of kickback injury, if activated, in certain kickback situations. In order for the Quickstop to reduce the risk of kickback injury, it must be properly maintained and in good working order. See the chapter entitled "Chain Brake" and "Maintenance, Repair and Storing" of your Owner's Manual. In addition, there must be enough distance between the bar and the operator to ensure that the Quickstop has sufficient time to activate and stop the chain before potential contact with the operator.


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Warning! An improperly maintained chain brake may increase the time needed to stop the chain after activation, or may not activate at all. Warning! Never run the chainsaw above idle speed for more than 3 seconds when the chain brake is engaged or the chain is pinched or otherwise caught in the cut. Clutch slippage can cause excessive heat, leading to severe damage of the motor housing, clutch and oiler component and may interfere with the operation of the chain brake. If clutch slippage in excess of 3 seconds has occured, allow the motor housing to cool before proceeding and check the operation of your chain brake as described in the chapter entitled "Chain Brake". Also make sure that the chain is not turning at idle speed (see above "Important Adjustments").

reduce the risk of kickback injury. Other chains are designed to obtain higher cutting efficiency or sharpening ease but may result in higher kickback tendency. STIHL has developed a color code system to help you identify the STIHL reduced kickback bars and low kickback chains. Cutting attachments with green warning decals or green labels on the packaging are designed to reduce the risk of kickback injury. The matching of green decaled powerheads under 3.8 cubic inch displacement with green labeled bars and green labeled chains gives compliance with the computed kickback angle requirements of ANSI B 175.1-1991 when the products are in their original condition. Products with yellow decals or labels are for users with extraordinary cutting needs and experience and specialized training for dealing with kickback. STIHL recommends the use of its green labeled reduced kickback bars, green labeled low kickback chains and a STIHL Quickstop chain brake for both experienced and inexperienced chainsaw users.

Please ask your STlHL dealer to properly match your powerhead with the appropriate bar/chain combinations to reduce the risk of kickback injury. Green labeled bars and chains are recommended for all powerheads. See your "STIHL Bar and Chain Information" leaflet for details. Warning! Use of other, non-listed bar/chain combinations may increase kickback forces and increase the risk of kickback injury. New bar/chain combinations may be developed after publication of this literature, which will, in combination with certain powerheads, comply with § 5.12 of ANSI B 175.1-1991. Check with your STIHL dealer for such combinations.

Low kickback saw chain and reduced kickback bars" STIHL offers a variety of bars and chains. STIHL reduced kickback bars and low kickback chains are designed to

Warning! Reduced kickback bars and low kickback chains do not prevent kickback, but they are designed to reduce the risk of kickback injury. They are available from your STIHL dealer. Warning! Even if your saw is equipped with a Quickstop, a reduced kickback bar and/or low kickback chain, this does not eliminate the risk of injury by kickback. Therefore, always observe all safety precautions to avoid kickback situations.


Low kickback chain Some types of saw chain have specially designed components to reduce the force of nose contact kickback. STIHL has developed low kickback chain for your powerhead. "Low kickback saw chain" is a chain which has met the kickback performance requirements of § of ANSI B 175.1-1991 (Safety Requirements for Gasoline-Powered ChainSaws) when tested on a selected representative sample of chainsaws below 3.8 cubic inch displacement specified in ANSI B 175.1-1991.

kickback energy. Improper lowering or sharpening of the depth gauges or shaping of the cutters may increase the chance and the potential energy of a kickback. Always cut with a properly sharpened chain.

To avoid kickback The best protection from personal injury that may result from kickback is to avoid kickback situations: 1. Hold the chainsaw firmly with both hands and maintain a secure grip. 2. Be aware of the location of the guide bar nose at all times. 3. Never let the nose of the guide bar contact any object. Do not cut limbs with the nose of the guide bar. Be especially careful when cutting small, tough limbs, small size brush and saplings which may easily catch the chain. 4 Don't overreach. 5. Don't cut above shoulder height. 6. Begin cutting and continue at full throttle. 7. Cut only one log at a time. 8. Use extreme caution when reentering a previous cut. 9. Do not attempt to plunge cut if you are not experienced with these cutting techniques. 10. Be alert for shifting of the log or other forces that may cause the cut to close and pinch the chain. 11. Maintain saw chain properly. Cut with a correctly sharpened, properly tensioned chain at all times. 12. Stand to the side of the cutting path of the chainsaw.

Reduced kickback bar STIHL green labeled reduced kickback bars are designed to reduce the risk of kickback injury when used with STIHL green labeled low kickback chains.

Warning! There are potential powerhead and bar combinations with which low kickback saw chains can be used which have not been specifically certified to comply with the 45° computer derived kickback angle of § 5.12 of ANSI B 175.1-1991. Some low kickback chains have not been tested with all powerhead and bar combinations. Warning! A dull or improperly sharpened chain may reduce or negate the effects of the design features intended to reduce

Warning! When used with other, more aggressive chains, these bars may be less effective in reducing kickback, and may result in higher kickback forces.

Bow Guides Warning! Do not mount a bow guide on any STIHL chainsaw. Any chainsaw equipped with a bow guide is potentially very dangerous. The risk of kickback is increased with a bow guide because of the increased kickback contact area. Low kickback chain will not significantly reduce the risk of kickback injury when used on a bow guide.


Cutting Techniques Felling Felling is cutting down a tree.

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Before felling a tree, consider carefully all conditions which may affect the direction of fall, including: The intended direction of the fall. The natural lean of the tree. Any unusually heavy limb structure. Surrounding trees and obstacles. The wind direction and speed.

A = Pull-in: Pull-in occurs when the chain on the bottom of the bar is suddenly stopped when it is pinched, caught or encounters a foreign object in the wood. The reaction of the chain pulls the saw forward and may cause the operator to lose control. Pull-in frequently occurs when the bumper spike of the saw is not held securely against the tree or limb and when the chain is not rotating at full speed before it contacts the wood. Warning! Use extreme caution when cutting small size brush and saplings which may easily catch the chain and pull you off balance. To avoid pull-in 1. Always start a cut with the chain rotating at full speed and the bumper spike in contact with the wood. 2. Pull-in may also be prevented by using wedges to open the kerf or cut.

B = Pushback: Pushback occurs when the chain on the top of the bar is suddenly stopped when it is pinched, caught or encounters a foreign object in the wood. The reaction of the chain drives the saw straight back toward the operator and may cause loss of saw control. Pushback frequently occurs when the top of the bar is used for cutting. To avoid pushback 1.

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Warning! Always observe the general condition of the tree. Inexperienced users should Be alert to forces or situations that never attempt to cut trees which are may cause material to pinch the top decayed or rotted inside or which are of the chain. leaning or otherwise under tension. Do not cut more than one log at a time. There is an increased risk that such trees could snap or split while being cut and cause serious or fatal injury to the Do not twist the saw when operator or bystanders. Also look for withdrawing the bar from a plunge broken or dead branches which could cut or underbuck cut because the vibrate loose and fall on the operator. chain can pinch. When felling on a slope, the operator should stand on the uphill side if possible.



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Felling Instructions: When felling, maintain a distance of at least 21/2 tree lengths from the nearest person.

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When felling in the vicinity of roads, railways and power lines, etc., take extra precautions. Inform the police, utility company or railway authority before beginning to cut. Warning! The noise of your engine may drown any warning call. Warning! There are a number of factors that may affect and change the intended direction of fall, e.g. wind, lean of tree, sloping ground, one-sided limb structure, wood structure, decay, snow load, etc. To reduce the risk of severe or fatal injury to yourself or others, look for these conditions prior to beginning the cut, and be alert for a change in direction during fall.

Escape path First clear the tree base and work area from interfering limbs and brush and clean its lower portion with an ax. Then, establish two paths of escape (B) and remove all obstacles. These paths should be generally opposite to the planned direction of the fall of the tree (A) and about at a 45° angle. Place all tools and equipment a safe distance away from the tree, but not on the escape paths.

Buttress roots If the tree has large buttress roots, cut into the largest buttress vertically first (horizontally next) and remove the resulting piece.


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Gunning sight When making the felling notch, use the gunning sight on the shroud and housing to check the required direction of fall:

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Conventional cut A = felling notch - determines the direction of the fall For a conventional cut:

Open-face technique A = felling notch - determines the direction of the fall For an open-face cut:


Position the saw so that the gunning sight points exactly in the direction you want the tree to fall.

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Properly place felling notch perpendicular to the Iine of fall, close to the ground Cut down at app. 45-degree angle to a depth of about 1/5 to 1/4 of the trunk diameter Make second cut horizontal Remove resulting 45-degree piece

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Properly place felling notch perpendicular to the Iine of falI, close to the ground Cut down at app. 50-degree angle to a depth of app.1/5 to 1/4 of the trunk diameter Make second cut from below at app. 40 degree angle Remove resulting 90-degree piece


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Making sapwood cuts

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For medium sized or larger trees make cuts at both sides of the trunk, at same height as subsequent felling cut. Cut to no more than width of guide bar. This is especially important in soft wood in summer - it helps prevent sapwood splintering when the tree falls.

B = Felling cut Conventional and open-face technique: Begin 1 to 2 inches higher than center of felling notch Cut horizontalIy towards the felling notch Leave approx.1/10 of diameter uncut. This is the hinge Do not cut through the hinge ­ you could lose control of the direction of the fall Drive wedges into the felling cut where necessary to control the fall.

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C = Hinge Helps control the falling tree Do not cut through the hinge you could lose control of the direction of the fall

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Warning! If the tip of the bar contacts a wedge, it may cause kickback. Wedges should be of wood or plastic ­ never steel, which can damage the chain. 20

Warning! In order to reduce the risk of personal injury, never stand directly behind the tree when it is about to fall, since part of the trunk may split and come back towards the operator (barber-chairing), or the tree may jump backwards off the stump. Always keep to the side of the falling tree. When the tree starts to fall, withdraw the bar, shut off the engine and walk away on the preplanned escape path. Watch out for falling limbs.

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Felling cut for large diameter trees: Warning! Be extremely careful with partially fallen trees which are poorly supported. When the tree hangs or for some other reason does not fall completely, set the saw aside and pull the tree down with a cable winch, block and tackle or tractor. If you try to cut it down with your saw, you may be injured. Felling cut for small diameter trees: simple fan cut Engage the bumper spikes of the chainsaw directly behind the location of the intended hinge and pivot the saw around this point only as far as the hinge. The bumper spike rolls against the trunk. Warning! Felling a tree that has a diameter greater than the length of the guide bar requires use of either the sectioning felling cut or plunge-cut method. These methods are extremely dangerous because they involve the use of the nose of the guide bar and can result in kickback. Only properly trained professionals should attempt these techniques. Sectioning method For the sectioning method make the first part of the felling cut with the guide bar fanning in toward the hinge. Then, using the bumper spike as a pivot, reposition the saw for the next cut.

Avoid repositioning the saw more than necessary. When repositioning for the next cut, keep the guide bar fully engaged in the kerf to keep the felling cut straight. If the saw begins to pinch, insert a wedge to open the cut. On the last cut, do not cut the hinge.

Plunge-cut method Timber having a diameter more than twice the length of the guide bar requires the use of the plunge-cut method before making the felling cut.


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If you are inexperienced with a chainsaw, plunge-cutting should not be attempted. Seek the help of a professional.

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Limbing Limbing is removing the branches from a fallen tree. Warning! There is an extreme danger of kickback during the limbing operation. Do not work with the nose of the bar. Be extremely cautious and avoid contacting the log or other limbs with the nose of the guide bar. Do not stand on a log while limbing it ­ you may slip or the log may roll. Start limbing by leaving the lower limbs to support the log off the ground. When underbucking freely hanging limbs, a pinch may result or the limb may fall, causing loss of control. If a pinch occurs, stop the engine and remove the saw, by lifting the limb. Warning! Be extremely cautious when cutting limbs or logs under tension (spring poles). The limbs or logs could spring back toward the operator and cause loss of control of the saw and severe or fatal injury to the operator.

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First, cut a large, wide felling notch. Make a plunge cut in the center of the notch. The plunge cut is made with the guide bar nose. Begin the plunge cut by applying the lower portion of the guide bar nose to the tree at an angle. Cut until the depth of the kerf is about the same as the width of the guide bar. Next, align the saw in the direction in which the recess is to be cut. With the saw at full throttle, insert the guide bar in the trunk. Enlarge the plunge cut as shown in illustration. Warning! There is an extreme danger of kickback at this point. Extra caution must be taken to maintain control of the saw. To make the felling cut, follow the sectioning method described previously.

Bucking Bucking is cutting a log into sections. 1. Warnings! When bucking, do not stand on the log. Make sure the log will not roll downhill. If on a slope, stand on the uphill side of the log. Watch out for rolling logs.


MAINTENANCE, REPAIR AND STORING Maintenance, replacement, or repair of the emission control devices and systems may be performed by any nonroad engine repair establishment or individual. However if you claim warranty for a component which has not been serviced or maintained properly or if nonapproved replacement parts were used, STIHL may deny warranty. Never operate a chainsaw that is damaged, improperly adjusted or not completely or securely assembled. Follow the maintenance and repair instructions in the appropriate section of your Owner's Manual, especially those in the chapters "Mounting the Bar and Chain", "Maintaining and Sharpening" and "Chain Brake". Warning! Use only STIHL replacement parts for maintenance and repair. Use of parts manufactured by others may cause serious or fatal injury. Warning! Always stop the engine and ensure that the chain is stopped before making any adjustments, maintenance or repair work,

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Cut only one log at a time. Shattered wood should be cut very carefully. Sharp slivers of wood may be caught and flung in the direction of the operator of the saw. When cutting small logs, place log through "V" - shaped supports on top of a sawhorse. Never permit another person to hold the log. Never hold the log with your leg or foot.


Logs under strain: Risk of pinching! Always start relieving cut (1) at compression side (A). Then make bucking cut (2) at tension side (B). If the saw pinches, stop the engine and remove it from the log. Only properly trained professionals should work in an area where the logs, limbs and roots are tangled. Working in blowdown areas is extremely hazardous. Drag the logs into a clear area before cutting. Pull out exposed and cleared logs first.





changing the saw chain or cleaning the saw. Do not attempt any maintenance or repair work not described in your Owner's Manual. Have such work performed at your STIHL service shop only. Warning! Never test the ignition system with ignition wire terminal removed from spark plug or with unseated spark plug, since uncontained sparking may cause a fire. Warning! To reduce the risk of fire and burn injury, use only spark plugs authorized by STIHL. Always press spark plug boot snugly onto spark plug terminal of the proper size. (Note: If terminal has detachable SAE adapter nut, it must be attached.) A loose connection between spark plug terminal and ignition wire connector in the boot may create arcing that could ignite combustible fumes and cause a fire. Keep spark plug clean, and make sure ignition lead is in good condition. Warning! Do not operate your chainsaw if the muffler is damaged, missing or modified. An improperly maintained muffler will increase the risk of fire and hearing loss. Never touch a hot muffler or burn will

result. If your muffler was equipped with a spark-arresting screen to reduce the risk of fire (e. g. in the USA, Canada and Australia), never operate your saw if the screen is missing or damaged. Remember that the risk of forest fires is greater in hot or dry weather. Keep the chain, bar and sprocket clean; replace worn sprockets or chains. Keep the chain sharp. You can spot a dull chain when easy-tocut wood becomes hard to cut and burn marks appear on the wood. Keep the chain at proper tension. Tighten all nuts, bolts and screws except the carburetor adjustment screws after each use. Warning! In order for the chain brake on your STIHL chainsaw to properly perform its function of reducing the risk of kickback and other injuries, it must be properly maintained. Like an automobile brake, a chainsaw chain brake incurs wear each time it is engaged. The amount of wear will vary depending upon usage, conditions under which the saw is used and other factors. Excessive wear will reduce the effectiveness of the chain brake and can render it inoperable.

For the proper and effective operation of the chain brake the brake band and clutch drum must be kept free of dirt, grease and other foreign matter which may reduce friction of the band on the drum. For these reasons, each STIHL chainsaw should be returned to trained personnel such as your STIHL servicing dealer for periodic inspection and servicing of the brake system according to the following schedule: Heavy usage - every three months, Moderate usage - twice a year, Occasional usage - annually. The chainsaw should also be returned immediately for maintenance whenever the brake system cannot be thoroughly cleaned or there is a change in its operating characteristics. For any maintenance please refer to the maintenance chart and to the warranty statement near the end of this manual. Additionally, the daily maintenance schedule for your chainsaw set forth in your STIHL Owner's Manual should be strictly followed. Store chainsaw in a dry place and away from children. Before storing for longer than a few days, always empty the fuel tank (see chapter "Storing the Machine" in this manual).


Maintenance Chart

after each refueling stop

after finishing work or daily

before starting work

Please note: Different models may have different parts and controls.

as required

if damaged

Complete machine Throttle trigger , throttle trigger interlock, Master Control, depending on model Chain brake Filter in fuel tank Fuel tank Chain oil tank Chain lubrication Saw chain

Visual inspection (condition, leaks) Clean Check operation Check operation Clean by STIHL dealer Check Clean, Replace filter element Clean Clean Check Inspect, also check sharpness Check chain tension Sharpen Check (wear, damage) Clean and turn over Deburr Replace Check Clean Replace Clean Clean Check idle adjustment ­ chain must not turn Readjust idle Replace Retighten Inspect Have replaced by STIHL dealer Inspect Inspect spark arrestor screen Clean or replace spark arrestor screen Check Replace

x x x x

x x x x x x x x

x x x x

x x x x x x x x x

Guide bar Chain sprocket Air filter Cooling inlets Cylinder fins Carburetor Spark plug All accessible screws and nuts (not adjusting screws) Rubber vibration buffers Muffler Chain catcher

x x x x x

x x

x x x x x x x x x x x x

see page:


if faulty



Continuation of Important Safety Precautions

4. Use caution when handling fuel. Move the chainsaw at least 10 feet (3 m) from the fueling point before starting the engine. 5. Do not allow other persons to be near the chainsaw when starting or cutting with the chainsaw. Keep bystanders and animals out of the work area. 6. Do not start cutting until you have a clear work area, secure footing, and a planned retreat path from the falling tree. 7. Keep all parts of your body away from the saw chain when the engine is running. 8. Before you start the engine, make sure that the saw chain is not contacting anything. 9. Carry the chainsaw with the engine stopped, the guide bar and saw chain to the rear, and the muffler away from your body.

10. Do not operate a chainsaw that is damaged, improperly adjusted, or not completely and securely assembled. Be sure that the saw chain stops moving when the throttle trigger is released. 11. Shut off the engine before setting the chainsaw down. 12. Use extreme caution when cutting small size brush and saplings because slender material may catch the saw chain and be whipped toward you or pull you off balance. 13. When cutting a limb that is under tension be alert for springback so that you will not be struck when the tension in the wood fibers is released. 14. Keep the handles dry, clean, and free of oil or fuel mixture. 15. Operate the chainsaw only in well-ventilated areas. 16. Do not operate a chainsaw in a tree unless you have been specifically trained to do so. 17. All chainsaw service, other than the items listed in the Owner's

Manual maintenance instructions, should be performed by competent chainsaw service personnel. (For example, if improper tools are used to remove the flywheel or if an improper tool is used to hold the flywheel in order to remove the clutch, structural damage to the flywheel could occur and could be subsequently cause the flywheel to burst). 18. When transporting your chainsaw, use the appropriate chain guard (scabbard). Other important safety precautions are contained in the body of the Owner's Manual. Note: When using a chainsaw for logging purposes, refer to the Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 1910 and 1928.


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